Residents say Quincy lacks animal control enforcement

Yellow lab confiscated from Quincy's south side in January 2014

Some concerned residents have had it with animal control issues in the City of Quincy.

Citizens packed the Quincy City Council chambers Monday night to let aldermen know about all the problems they've been having with animal control.

A few of the residents cited the case of a yellow lab that was confiscated from the city's south side in late January.

They say they reported the neglected animal to the city's animal control officer for months without seeing any results.

Those residents finally contacted two alderman, the city's vet and the police chief to rescue the animal.

"Responses to citizens are inconsistent," concerned resident Lynn Fischer said. "The Animal Control Commission has recommended stricter ordinances. Without enforcement, these will be of no value."

Another resident spoke about vicious dogs in her neighborhood.

Police Chief Rob Copley addressed the concerned residents.

He said concerned residents can always ask for him if they're not getting anywhere with their animal complaints.

In other action, the council authorized an Illinois Department of Transportation grant request to improve 2nd Street from Maine to Hampshire Street.

If approved, IDOT would award a $219,000 grant to the city, while the city would match that amount out of its TIF account.

City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer said if all goes as planned, Kohl's Wholesale is expected to create 22 full-time jobs through the project.